201 West Main Street
Present-Day - Lemonade Art Gallery
S. R. Fowle & Son was a prosperous shipping and trading business that depended primarily on schooners to transport cargo to and from the northeastern United States and the many islands of the West Indies.
The following is quoted from "Pen and Picture Sketches, Greater Washington, North Carolina, 1915."
"There is no firm in Washington that is more closely identified with the history of the city than S.R. Fowle and Son, established in the year 1818, which makes it one of the oldest and best-known houses in North Carolina. In the early days, the firm was largely identified with the shipping interests, doing a large importing and exporting trade and owning a number of ships. The business is now devoted to the handling of general merchandise, including dry goods, clothing, shoes, hardware, sash, doors, blinds, building supplies coal, have several immense warehouses, also an extensive sawmill, many people being employed in the several departments."